Sharpening the skills of professionals - The New Indian Express

Sharpening the skills of professionals

Published: 11th June 2013 01:01 PM

Last Updated: 11th June 2013 01:01 PM

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) on Monday announced that it is accepting applications for its Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development (PWP-UD) scheduled to run from September 2013 to August 2014.

The PWP-UD is a unique, inter-disciplinary, practice-based programme that allows participants to build upon their existing disciplinary and practice backgrounds to specialise in urban practice. Taught by a diverse faculty of leading academics and practitioners, it is designed to focus on the applied learning and skill development necessary for finding effective, sustainable and integrated solutions to problems facing Indian cities.

Chandrashekhar Bhave, chairperson, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) said that by 2050, India will add nearly 300 million new people to its cities in a historic urban transition. This rapid pace of urbanisation has placed an enormous strain on urban resources that will both pose a challenge and present an opportunity.

Harnessing the potential for this transition demands a new generation of urban professionals who can work across disciplinary and sectoral divides. The PWP-UD is a unique programme for working professionals who wish to strengthen their expertise of the urban scene.

The programme has been specifically designed to educate participants on the planned development and management of our cities as well as develop skills and competencies that will enable them to develop solutions and ideas to complex urbanisation problems in Indian society.

The deadline for submitting applications is July 1, 2013 and more details can be had from IIHS Bangalore City Campus, No 196/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadasivanagar, Bangalore - 560080 or website - or Ravi Shrivas at 084530 00924.

Participants in the PWP-UD will be taught by a team of well-known academics and researchers, thought and practice leaders deeply rooted in the urban Indian realities. Faculty competencies cover multiple disciplines, including governance, land and housing, management, development, poverty, employment, water, environmental services and mobility.

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